Pros: great people, good pay, good benefits
Cons: terrible work hours, a few bad patients, dealing with nephrology doctors
A typical day at Fresenius begins at 0430 and consists of three shifts of patients ranging from 10 to 20 people. Plenty of help exists so no, one person feels overworked. It is a good company with good management, and most employees seem to have a good attitude, at least the clinic I am employed at. Dialysis always offers learning opportunities, and is very challenging, if you love a challenge, which I do. The most enjoyable portion of working in dialysis is the variety of people that an individual is able to care for, which can also be a huge challenge. The challenge is dealing with the variety of personalities from patients on a daily basis. Most are great, but there are always two or three in a clinic that can ruin your entire day. The least enjoyable, or hardest part of the job is waking up at 0330 in the morning to be at work at 0430. This is the reason I am looking at getting out of dialysis, and unless you are certain that you do not mind these hours, do not waste your time, it is miserable.